Hello and welcome! This week’s theme is all about cuteness. And I know “cute” isn’t exactly a proper theme, but there’s no other way to describe it.
Just the other day, Maniology (previously Bundle Monster) released a stamping plate collaboration with @nailbees, and I immediately went and bought it. She does such skillful, hand-painted work, and the stamping plate is a mixture of some of her cutest creations. I always watch her videos in amazement, wondering how she got so good, but now I can pretend to be that skilled too! So if you couldn’t tell, this mani is completely inspired by Minnie. I’m going for the bunny design, but with the darker colors, and half moons of her other work. I completely suggest going to her Instagram or blog to witness all of her talent.
What I Used:
- Base Coat: Glisten & Glow – Base Coat
- 1st Color: Painted Polish – Dirty Thirty
- 2nd Color: Painted Polish – Thirty & Flirty
- 3rd Color: Painted Polish – Talk Thirty to Me
- 4th Color: Glisten & Glow – Jukebox & Jitterbug
- 5th Color: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – Black Out
- 6th Color Live Love Polish – Macchiato
- 7th Color: Painted Polish – Stamped in Blush
- Top Coat: Glisten & Glow – Top Coat
- Maniology mini lotus mat
- Maniology Poli-Peel cuticle protector
- Twinkled T half circle vinyls
- makeup sponge
- Maniology x Nailbees M007 stamping plate
- silicone stamper & scraper
- acetone nail polish remover
- Twinkled T clean up brush, size #2
I started with base coat, and two coats of a flakie purple. I got this Painted Polish purple collection as a birthday present and I’m finally getting around to using it! And since I feel like being an overachieve, I want to use all three purples at once. Next, I applied liquid latex all around my pointer finger, and ring finger. And also, I applied a half circle vinyl on my ring finger and thumb. Along with some more liquid latex around those nails, so I could be as sloppy as I wanted.
The half moons turned out to be more like a straight line. And the holo to flakie gradient isn’t the most obvious change, but I think it blended beautifully. I then stamped the leaf wreath on to my middle finger. And the leaf half circle on to my ring finger and thumb did a great job of distinguishing the creme polish from the flakie polish. But unfortunately, I missed a little. They ended up being a little off centered because for some strange reason, I haven’t been able to get my clear stampers to work lately, so I did my best with my pink squishy one. In order to make them look more even, I took a small dotting took and filled in some of the spots with very sloppy leaves.
While all of that was drying, I made the flower and bunny decals. I originally planned on using only one color for these stamps, but they just blended in to the background too well, and just needed to be filled in. For the bunny decal: I applied a top coat square to the silicone mat, stamped the bunny in black, filled it with brown, and then filled the flowers and leaves with pink and green. Since I wanted my hands to be mirrored, for the second bunny, I stopped after stamping the bunny in black, and lifted it and flipped it around before continuing with the next steps. The flower crown was the same, except I stamped them in brown, and filled them all with pink.
It took quite a bit of time for cleaning up since I was trying to make them look seamless and perfect. But, the end result just looks so cute! It was worth all the work. And since the last half was basically all done on the mat, I didn’t feel as restricted with using my hands, or being worried about touching things that will ruin my mani.
Hope everyone has a long, relaxing weekend!
I forgot to mention it, but I doubled up on top coat again. And I think this should be a new regular thing to do. Not only did my nails last all week perfectly, but they also didn’t feel too thick/heavy. Maybe it’s just because I’ve been painting my nail with all these designs and layers regularly for a few months now, but I don’t know what I was ever worried about. It’s not too thick, and I can be as rough on my hands as I want.